Pubcasters dominate German TV Awards noms


COLOGNE, Germany -- Germany's public broadcasters once again dominated the nomination for the nations top TV honors, the German TV Awards, with public channels nabbing 45 of 70 nominations.

Leading the way with 26 nominations was ARD, which garnered four for its epic two-parter "The March of Millions," which tells the story of the Germans expelled from Eastern Europe at the end of World War II.

"Millions," which ARD and sales arm Degeto produced together with Berlin-based teamWorx and Eos Entertainment, was nominated in the best telefilm, music and costume design categories and Gabriela Maria Schmiede picked up a nomination for best supporting actor.

Commercial channels were only able to offer competition in the comedy and entertainment categories, with Pro7 picking up eight nominations, including multiple noms for hit sitcoms "Dr. Psycho" and "Stromberg," an adaptation of BBC's "The Office."

Ratings leader RTL grabbed nine nominations but they came largely in less high-profile categories including news reporting and the newly created award for best TV advice show. RTL, however, was nominated twice for best sitcom, for "Kinder Kinder" and "Mitten im Leben."

On the production side, Berlin-based teamWorx and Cologne's Brainpool outperformed their rivals.

TeamWorx, producer of "March of Millions" and the telefilms "Rose," "They Weren't All Murderers" and "Tornado," picked up 14 nominations. Brainpool, producer of "Dr. Psycho," "Kinder Kinder," "Stromberg" and the entertainment show "Schlag den Raab," grabbed seven nominations.

The winners of the 2007 German TV Awards will be announced Sept. 29 in Cologne.